Workforce Development Director Explains Overpayment ‘Glitch’

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Workforce Development director Teresa Wahlert spoke Monday about the over payment of unemployment benefits.

We first found out about the $27,000 in over payments last week. IWD officials say 85 people received money they weren’t supposed to last March and they weren’t required to pay it back.

That’s because IWD says it was a computer glitch and an error by the department.

Director, Teresa Wahlert made the call on how to handle the situation and told her workers to keep quiet about the situation. Wahlert was out of town when we asked to speak with her last week.

Monday she explained her decision to allow people to keep the overpayments.

“No one is going to be penalized because it would cost us way more to collect the small number it was only about $27,000 and on a scale of a fund that has $1.1 billion in it, it really is quite a small number. So we don’t want to penalize Iowans and we don’t want to spend our time going after that amount of money when we know what happened,” said Wahlert.

We’ll hear more from Wahlert and several IWD administrative law judges Tuesday and Wednesday during Legislative Oversight Hearings.

6 comments

  • Virgil Tungesvik

    How about we just take the $27,000 out of your paycheck. It’s really only a small amount and you won’t hardly miss it. And keep it quiet so as to not alarm anyone else. How does that sound to you?

  • Joe P.

    I’m getting so sick and tried of hearing about a new scandal every month under the Branstad administration. We have to fire him and his team this fall!

  • Larry

    There are so many cover-ups in the Branstad Adm and more to be discovered. Unfortunately, most of this corruption and legal problems won’t be exposed until after the election.

  • Jean

    This is a Teresa Wahlert coverup. Iowa taxpayers have a right to know when there are computer glitches and errors by the department. What else is Teresa Wahlert hiding from Iowans? What else will be uncovered in the Branstad Admin?

  • Holly Johnson

    So, the way I understand it is like this from her point of view, let’s overlook white collar crime as well since it cost too much money to prosecute them. I believe some of these people offered to give it right back. Why wouldn’t you take it? I agree with taking it from her paycheck since it’s no big deal. Just saying………

  • Kurt Konek

    If nobody will be penalized for the overpayment steps should be taken to assure that the distributions will not count against the employers.

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